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Guardian Offers Focus Lists and Expands Fund Line-Up.

New Options Increase Investment Flexibility

NEW YORK -- The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc. (GIAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), today introduced an enhanced fund line-up and focus list options for plan sponsors who utilize The Guardian Advantage([R]) or The Guardian Choice([R]) as the funding vehicle for their participant directed qualified retirement plan.

GIAC recently announced the availability of SWBC Investment Advisory Services LLC (SWBC) fiduciary support services for plan sponsors. As part of that new service, plan sponsors who utilize The Guardian Advantage([R]) or The Guardian Choice([R]) can now choose from one of two focus lists of investment options or customize the menu of investment options for their plan. The new Core Focus list has an emphasis on actively managed investment options complemented by a selection of index-based investments. The new Passive Focus List has an emphasis on index-based, passively managed investment options with a lower expense ratio. Additionally, the Plan Trustee Customized List offers sponsors the chance to choose investment options based on the needs of their plan. These options have been structured to meet the diversification requirements of ERISA Section 404(c) and come with SWBC's written commitment of its fiduciary investment advisory obligations.

The Guardian Advantage([R])fund line-up will expand by 23 new investment options for a total of 79 and The Guardian Choice([R])fund line-up will add 28 options for a total of 84. The investment options span the risk/reward spectrum and are from some of the most well-recognized investment managers in the industry.

"Ensuring plan sponsors have a broad selection of fund options that have been narrowed from a larger universe helps them save time and resources in the investment selection process," said Jason Frain, Vice President, 401(k) Product Management and Development, Guardian Retirement Solutions([TM]). "These new investment options, alongside the new fiduciary services offered through SWBC, are another step in our goal to remain customer-focused by ensuring plan sponsors have the flexibility and choice they need."

About Guardian

A mutual insurer founded in 1860, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and its subsidiaries are committed to protecting individuals, business owners and their employees with life insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance products, and offer annuities, funding vehicles for qualified retirement plans, and other financial products. Guardian operates one of the largest dental networks in the United States, and protects more than six million employees and their families at 120,000 companies. The company has approximately 5,000 employees in the United States and a network of over 3,000 financial representatives in more than 80 agencies nationwide.

For more information about Guardian, please visit: www.GuardianLife.com

The Guardian Choice([R]) group variable funding agreement and The Guardian Advantage([R]) group variable annuity contract are issued by The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc. (GIAC), a Delaware corporation whose principal place of business is 7 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004. GIAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. Guardian does not issue The Guardian Choice([R]) and The Guardian Advantage([R]) and does not guarantee the benefits they provide.

Guardian Retirement Solutions([TM]) refers to the administrative support services, including participant recordkeeping as well as marketing, enrollment and educational materials, provided by GIAC in conjunction with the individual and group retirement products issued by GIAC.

SWBC is an independent registered investment adviser and is not an affiliate or subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America or The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc.
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